TBElle/Lunch & Learn


What's the TWIST?

To celebrate the beginning of our sixth year we are going to change/twist this fall semester’s format (only).  We will still be offering four classes but they will run sequentially. If you would like, you will have the opportunity to participate in all four classes on TBElle Tuesdays, or just one or two or three.  Please sign up for the classes you plan to attend so we are able to comfortably accommodate you, and teachers will be able to get in touch with you with any pre-class requirements or class changes.  We hope you will enjoy this unique TWIST on TBElle this fall.

We look forward to seeing and learning with you in October. 

TBElle continues to provide people with the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely day at TBE learning, socializing and spending community time with friends at the temple. The TBElle program is led by fellow congregants who are excited to share their knowledge and interests in a relaxing environment. 

FALL SESSION: October 15 & 29, November 5, 12 & 19, December 3

Classes and Lunch & Learn will not be meeting on October 22 or November 26.

The day will begin at 9:30 am. Each class will be held for 55 minutes. The Lunch & Learn program will be held between 11:40-12:40. There is no charge to attend and all are welcome.


For additional information, or to register for any (or all) TBElle classes, please be in touch with Lynn Burke (781) 235-8419 x211.

9:30 - 10:25 am  THE SUPREME COURT and YOU, Mel Warshaw

A group of six TBE lawyers will team teach this course. The course will cover how the U.S. Supreme Court has evolved on issues such as the Second Amendment (Right to Bear Arms), Privacy and the Law (its origins and its application today such as in Roe v Wade), government regulation of our environment and the role of the Court in striking down separate but equal schools in Brown v Board. These Court decisions all have had a profound effect on the world we live in and the type of society we will leave to our children.

October 15, 2019 - Glenda Ganem - Personal Rights Today: Right to Abortion and Right to Marry (Roe v Wade; Obergefell v Forbes).
October 29, 2019 - Elizabeth Lange - Origins of Personal Rights in the Law (Moral Law and its Evolution from England to the Modern Era). 
November 5, 2019 - Mike Brown - Right to Bear Arms and the Second Amendment.
November 12, 2019 - Marilyn Komesar - How the Court Has Impacted Our Climate and the Environment.
November 19, 2019 - Lon Povich - Politics and the Court (Bush v Gore).
December 3, 2019 - Mel Warshaw - Desegregation in Our Schools (Brown v Board of Education, from Plessy to Post-Brown Decisions)

Please note that it will be required to watch a brief 10-15 minute video prior to each class.  TBE will send the video link the Wednesday before class is held. 


10:35 - 11:30 am  THE JEWISH JESUS, Bob Orkand

For anyone interested in understanding the profound effect Jesus had on the world, it’s important to realize that his actions and teachings didn’t emerge from a vacuum. Rather, they were the product of a fascinating dialogue with—and reaction to—the traditions, cultures, and historical developments of ancient Jewish beliefs. In fact, early Judaism and Jesus are two subjects so inextricably linked that one cannot arrive at a true understanding of Jesus without understanding the time in which he lived and taught.  This course will explore the environment in which Jesus lived and how Judaism influenced him.


LUNCH & LEARN PROGRAM (11:40 am - 12:40 pm)

See below for speaker line up.

12:50 pm - 1:45 pm  THE BIGGEST OF THE BIG BANDS: The Swing Era, Art Gerstenfeld and Don Drourr

The Swing Era / Big Band Era was the period (1933–1947).  Big Band swing music was the most popular music in the United States. Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Glen Miller, Stan Kenton, Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, Harry James, Gene Krupa, Lionel Hampton,  Count Basie…  ever hear of them?  How about the unknown singers that got their teenage starts with most of them? Sinatra, Clooney, Day, Damone, Hibler, Lee, O’Connell…. In the Mood, Little Brown Jug, Pennsylvania 6-5000, Sing, Sing Sing, Sentimental Journey, Moonlight Serenade. If ONE word of this “rings a bell”,  this course is for you! 




1:55 pm - 2:50 pm  THE LEGENDS OF ROCK and ROLL, Marty Sleeper

Elvis, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Brenda Lee, The Drifters, Ricky Nelson, Bobby Darin… for so many of us they were an indelible part of our teenage years., We listened on our transistor radios or our 45rpm record players, singing along to their music and also watched them on our early black and white televisions as we made our way through junior and senior high school

We will focus on one or two of these rock and roll stars each week, identifying  their distinctive sounds, discussing  their appeal and how they  changed over time,  and honoring  the legacies they left for the music and performers that followed.   


TBElle supports TBE's Canasta Group, Tuesday afternoons 12:30-2:00

Come join our year round, casual drop in canasta group.  Play away the afternoon with fun, interesting company.  All levels of play welcome (though no instruction for beginners).  

For questions, contact Bunny Cohen.  [email protected]




If you have an interesting topic or hobby you would like to share with others, or know of someone who might be a good candidate with something to share with our TBElle community, please contact Sandy Goldstein.



Held during the spring and fall TBElle program, in between the morning and afternoon classes from 11:40 am–12:40 pm (NOTE NEW TIME), these talks are led by congregants and friends of TBE who discuss particular topics or interests they are passionate and knowledgeable about.

Bring a brown bag lunch. The Lunch & Learn program is open to all and reservations are not required.




October 15 - FUND RAISING and YOUR VISION FOR TBE with Jillian Kohl


October 29 - PUTTING IT TOGETHER: Making a Jewish Film Festival with Ariana Cohen-Halberstrom

Join Ariana Cohen-Halberstam, Artistic Director of Boston Jewish Film, for a conversation about the film festival and a preview of the upcoming 31st annual Jewish Film Festival.  Ariana will also show previews and give a you a personal look at what is coming to the November 2019 festival.


November 5 - WOMEN'S HEART HEALTH with Cardiologists Yamini Levitzky and Dr. Giulia Sheftel


November 12 - JEWELRY with Susan Kaplan and Emily Stoehrer, Museum of Fine Arts Curator in the Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation Gallery


November 19 -  FINANCIAL and TAX PLANNING DURING LIFE with Mel Warshaw


December 3 - "DOING IT SCARED" A discussion about overcoming fear with Ron Feinstein

Lunch & Learn Committee: Susan Freedman, Jerry GoldbergCarol Salter and Isabel Zupan.